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What we can expect from the winter of 2019

“In the cold dark days of the winter, dream about the flowers to get warmed up!”
Mehmet Murat ildan, Turkish Writer

It’s hard to believe we’re in the last month of 2018.

The first day of winter, also known as the winter solstice, is Friday, December 21, and it’s known as the shortest day of the year – a day getting the least amount of sunlight.

For those lamenting the turning back of the clocks in November, fear not. The days will start getting longer after the 21st as daylight begins to increase towards the arrival of Spring in late March.

But we still need to endure the cold winter months, which depending on your location can cause you to “dream about the flowers” on a daily basis.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is now on its 227th edition and has been a popular and trusted source for weather predictions since 1792 when our president was George Washington.

For the winter of 2019, they expect to see above-normal temperatures all across the United States. While it will certainly be wintery, don’t expect frigid temperatures and high accumulations of snowfall. This is all thanks to a very weak El Nino, which will prevent colder air masses from sticking around.

In areas prone to snowfall, they expect to see below-normal levels and more rain, so it looks like a wet winter rather than a snowy one.

As for our friends in Canada, that weak El Nino will cause the opposite effect it seems, as temperatures to the north will be colder-than-normal with above-normal snowfall. Looks like Canada better break out the shovels and snowplows early this year.

It’s important to remember that while these predictions are based on scientific and historical data, they are just “predictions”. The best way to predict the winter weather is simply to look out your front door.

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